Wheatgrass can perform miracles to our body and health in so many ways and so quickly. If you haven’t considered it in your diet, the only explanation is that you are not fully aware of how powerful this plant is. It seemingly takes forever to list all the benefits you can get from wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass is simply the young grass from the common wheat plant called Triticum aestivum (Wikipedia). It can be consumed in the form of juice, fine green powder or tablets. Either ways, wheatgrass has been renowned as a superfood or the favorite food of nutritionists.
For starters, wheatgrass is packed with numerous of nutrients. It is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll – a compound that gives dark leafy green their color. It is also thought to contain 98 to 102 earth elements, including iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll, and vitamins A, C and E, etc. There are 19 different types of amino acid found in wheatgrass, which are of irreplaceable importance to building protein. Wheatgrass also overflows with antioxidants and liver enzymes.
Countless researches have been done on wheatgrass and its remarkable effects on human and animals. Below are some outstanding benefits of consuming wheatgrass.
- Prevent cancer
Wheatgrass’s concentrated chlorophyll content (about 70%) makes it a real anti-cancer agent. It is widely known that cancer cells cannot grow in oxygen-rich environment, while chlorophyll in wheatgrass carries high levels of oxygen which boost the production of blood cell and create a highly oxygenated environment in our body. Cancer patients also benefit from wheatgrass because it considerably reduces severe side effects from chemotherapy such as fatigue, malabsorption and deficiencies.
- Slow down the aging process
The 19 different types of amino acid and antioxidants in wheatgrass are proven to have ability to repair damaged DNA as well as prevent DNA destruction, thus protecting us from the ongoing effects of pre-mature aging and cellular breakdown. Researches on antioxidant level of some superfoods have shown amazing result, stating that the concentration of antioxidants in wheatgrass is “higher than those reported for many other natural extracts or vegetables”.
- Purify liver
Our liver is the largest internal organ that detoxifies body and cleanses the blood. With its detoxifying compounds and enzymes, wheatgrass is able to purify and revitalize this crucial organ from many bad elements such as heavy metals. In fact, it is such a powerful cleanser that it may initiate the healing reactions almost immediately. This is also the reason why you can feel nauseated when drinking wheatgrass juice. It is recommended to start with small amount and work your way up to 2 or 3 shots a day so that your body has time to adapt.
- Boost immune system
Wheatgrass is a big energy and immune booster by carrying oxygen to each cell in the body which helps strengthen the immune system against the effects of carbon monoxide, smog, and other environmental pollutants. Loaded with high protein and enzymes, wheatgrass generates a great deal energy for your daily activities. Chlorophyll found abundantly in wheatgrass holds the power to fight harmful bacteria in your body and boost your immunity system. Therefore, when you feel susceptible to cold, flu, and infection, drinking a cup of wheatgrass juice can get the illness far away from you.
- Treat skin problems and scars
Wheatgrass is believed and proven to treat many skin-related problems, including eczema, psoriasis, and sunburns. Daily intake of wheatgrass juice is good for acne-prone skin. It is commonly known as one of the most useful tips on how to remove blemishes and scars as well.
There are several ways you can use wheatgrass for your skin. You can rub a frozen wheatgrass juice cube across scars or damaged skin, or soak your body in the bath mixed with a cup of wheatgrass for at least 30 minutes.
- Avoid hair damage
Dandruff tends to develop on a dry and unhealthy scalp. Many people believe rinsing hair with wheatgrass can balance the pH of the scalp, thus getting rid of dandruff. Due to its catalase content and other antioxidants, wheatgrass can reverse premature gray hair, boost hair growth as well as give a beautiful sheen to your hair.
- Help lose weight
Wheatgrass can help you shed those extra kilos in so many ways. Firstly, wheatgrass assists in reducing food craving since it is very rich in many nutrients that our body doesn’t have to crave any food. It also helps to remove harmful toxins from our body. Lastly, potassium found in wheatgrass burns calories productively. Therefore, if you find it difficult to lose weight, to add wheatgrass to your daily diet is an undeniably effective measure.
- Improve our mood and avoid depression
Wheatgrass is a powerful natural antidepressant in numbers of ways. It oxygenates the inner body, detoxifies your system while providing essential nutrients. The chlorophyll present in wheatgrass contributes to balance your system in order to naturally eliminate some negative emotions.
This article is expected to show you what miracles you can achieve for your health if consuming wheatgrass. It is even more amazing when you can grow it at home for the goodness of the whole family. Simply enjoying a shot of wheatgrass juice or stirring in just one serving of wheatgrass powder into your favorite drink is all it takes to keep you healthy and happy every single day.
About the Author:
Ashley Bennet is the co-owner of AuthorityRemedies. She has worked and trained in the field of Nutrition and Health for over 3 years, consistently providing people with useful information about nutrition as well as helping them with their common health problems.